Space Opera Part 46 – Cleanup Crew

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Butch had just told us that the brig was under attack.

“How many attackers?” I asked.

<Butch> Twenty-five.

<Dojo> They’ve stopped the transports to that area from the last stations.

Nolan’s brow furrowed. “Dammit. We have to get down there.”

Andrea eyed me. “We’re with you, Captain. Let’s go get ‘um.”

<Me> Butch, map out the corridor approach and send out a warning telling all crew members on that path to get away.

<Butch> Messages sent to their PAs. You’re going to use the speed enhancement to get there?

<Me> Yes. Time to get there with highest setting?

<Butch> There are some twists and turns, but you’ll be there in less than six minutes.

<Nolan> I heard that. I’m ready.

“Let’s go, everybody,” I said.

We put on our helmets and raced into the corridor.

<Me> Butch, send a message to JJ and the others who have been trained to…

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Published tonight, from my motor home in Salt Lake City!

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It’s the next book in the Bug Out! California series!

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Space Opera Part 45 – Hallway Fight

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JJ and I sat in Vermillion’s office. Cyrus came in.

“What’s up?” he asked.

“We’ve got a special mission for the Tristar,” Vermillion said. He took a few minutes to tell Cyrus what JJ and I had told him.

“Inoa, huh?” Cyrus asked. “That’s quite a ways. How many mines do we need to place there?”

<Butch> Ten thousand ought to be enough.

“Oh, you’ve got your AIs on speaker?” Cyrus asked.

“Yeah, made for a quicker conversation,” I said.

“Make it twenty thousand,” Vermillion said. “We’ve got the line up and running for those. We’ll have plenty for all of our installations. Those will fit in the Tristar’s cargo bay, I hope.”

<Butch> Easily. We should send them with some extra fuel as well, given the distance.

“When would you like us to leave?” Cyrus asked.

“As soon as possible,” Vermillion said. “How quickly can you get the cargo…

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Space Opera Part 43 – Surveillance Nanos

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“Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman,” I said, walking into Vermillion’s office.

He eyed me for a moment. “You look exhausted.”

I nodded. “Nolan and I got through a large number of the fighter pilots today, then did the last part of the strength enhancement training. It’s been a long day.”

“And here I am calling you over,” he said. “Sorry.”

“No, no, I wanted to chat with you about it. Not a problem, sir.”

“Good. I agree with your assessment. They’re probably sending out scheduled transmissions so they can track. It’s a good thing your AI stopped them, because if not, Simone would know which natural worm hole we’re in. The rest would be easy. How confident is your AI that he stopped them?”

“Butch said well over 99%. I believe it, too, because if they got the first transmission, they’d already know we’re in a natural worm hole, and there…

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